Net Impact is an international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a network of business leaders who use the power of business to create a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.
Davis Net Impact works with the GSM faculty and staff to offer courses in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business focusing on the “triple bottom line.” Our chapter regularly hosts speakers, organizes educational and volunteer events, organizes an annual welcome retreat for new and continuing students, and attends the annual National Net Impact Conference.
About our Club
It is our pleasure to welcome you to Davis Net Impact, an MBA student club of dedicated student leaders working to create environmental and social change on our campus, in our community, and on our planet. We are excited to be a part of the largest, most active student club at the Graduate School of Management.
Davis Net Impact offers networking and educational opportunities every quarter that bring together current and past classmates while encouraging community involvement. From sustainable business symposia to “day on the job” events, and from community volunteering events to our annual welcome retreat, we provide our members and the GSM community with a wide variety of engaging events every quarter.
On campus, we collaborate with administration to incorporate social and environmental issues in the curriculum. We also have the opportunity to work extensively with other campus groups that share our vision, including student clubs such as the Clean Technology Club, the Community Consulting Group, and Women in Leadership, as well as research groups, including the Center for Investor Welfare, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Energy Efficiency Center.
Please continue to explore our new website and learn more about Davis Net Impact.
“In addition to its many accomplishments, the Davis team has spread the Net Impact message to the 120-person student body, creating a chapter that while small in number, is mighty in impact.”
- Liz Maw, Executive Director, Net Impact
Meet our board
Stefan’s background is in Sales & Business Development, with an education in International Trade & Development from the University of British Columbia. Having worked many years for a start-up company in Vancouver committed to changing the world through the simple act of buying, he is excited to use his MBA education to continue his career in business with an emphasis on sustainability.
Over the 2014 summer, Stefan will intern with Tesla Motors in their Supply Chain Management department. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, playing with his dog, and sharing beers over a ballgame.
Alex earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering, with a minor in Spanish from UC Davis. She worked for 4 years for the Department of Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab before returning to Davis for her MBA. Her professional interests include environmental sustainability and clean technology. She is currently a Graduate Student Researcher for the UCD Energy Efficiency Center.
Alex will spend her summer in Michigan, working as an MBA Sustainability Intern for Dow Chemical, in their Buildings Solutions group. In her free time, Alex is an active half-marathon runner, international traveler, fashionista and wine enthusiast.
Director of Professional Development
Laura attended the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her undergraduate degree in accountancy. While at Notre Dame, Laura worked at the Center for Social Concerns, helping to connect student volunteers with the wider community. Prior to starting her MBA, she lived in Chicago and worked at Deloitte in the Audit, Enterprise, and Risk Services group.
As an MBA student, she concentrates on finance and corporate social responsibility. Laura is a native Californian and is enjoying being back in the golden state. Laura enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, and watching The Bachelor.
Director of Events
Erin is a 2015 MBA Candidate focusing on Technology and Brand Management. In addition to her duties as Director of Events for Net Impact, Erin is the ASM Vice President and Club Liaison and a GSM Ambassador. Erin joined the US Navy in 2001 and went on to receive her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. Following her time in Happy Valley, Erin spent the remainder of her ten years on active duty as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer. She had the pleasure of serving onboard both the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and USS NORMANDY (CG 60).
Erin would like to focus on the management of innovation in technology, but is also extremely passionate about the wine industry and sustainability. She spends an enormous amount of time hanging out with her two dogs, Gus and Walter, training for her next half marathon, practicing yoga (poorly), jonesing for kombucha, and listening to all things acoustic.
Director of Finance
Dina has over 12 combined years of experience working in Human Resources, Safety, and Security/investigations; she is currently focusing her studies on Organizational Behavior and Strategy, with an emphasis on sustainability initiatives. During her undergraduate studies, Dina focused on Finance, Business Law and Economics within an international context.
Dina has volunteered with community outreach programs impacting issues ranging from early childhood reading to income tax preparation for low income families and individuals. Learning from her corporate and non-profit work experience, Dina believes that corporate sustainability practices and CSR benefit both the company and the community. In her spare time Dina enjoys traveling to UNESCO heritage sites and playing softball on a co-ed adult league.
Director of University Relations
Michael grew up in Berkeley, CA and received his BA in International Relations from Tufts University with honors in 2006. Michael also was a varsity athlete, playing four years of soccer, and took a semester leave to play in Holland. After Tufts, Michael worked in Management Consulting for 6 years on both the project and commercial sides across healthcare, energy, and tech, for example. Michael has also worked in the non-profit arena helping urban youth through soccer. At UCD he is working towards a career combating climate change through renewable energy and clean tech, such as through his work with the Western Cooling Efficiency Center. When not working, he enjoys live music, urban gardening, backpacking, and diving.
Net Impact (National Organization)
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Energy Efficiency Center
The University of California, Davis established the Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) to accelerate energy efficiency innovation and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The mission of the EEC is to support the development of energy efficiency solutions and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The EEC is uniquely poised to make significant contributions to this effort by supporting and energizing activities and expertise already well established at UC Davis.
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education ProgramA Statewide Program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) was created through the grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of rural communities, and the profitability of family farming operations in California.
At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates:
John Muir Institute of the Environment
The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.
Autodesk Sustainability Workshop
The Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. The resources are meant to help educators teach and students learn the broader context and importance of sustainability in the engineering and architecture profession.
Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility
The mission of the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility promotes research, pedagogy and outreach that improves investor welfare and/or corporate responsibility.
The center serves to infuse science into investment management and corporate practice. To do so, the center promotes research, teaching and service that emphasize the rigorous application of scientific principles to investment management and corporate practices.
Institute of Transportation Studies
Founded in 1991, the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis, has grown into a multifaceted program with more than 60 affiliated faculty members and 80 graduate students. Its primary program components are research, education, and outreach. ITS partners with academic and research centers on and off campus, and with industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations around the world.
Internship Fund Recipients and Alumni:
- John Churchman, 2012
- Filippos Stavrinidis, 2012
- Adam Baillie, 2011
- Mona Kamdjou, 2011
- Elizabeth Jones, 2010
- Elin Kjolseth, 2010
- Emily Rancer, 2010
- Courtney Sweetin, 2010
- Keith Aulick, 2009
Net Impact at Davis works closely with the Associated Students of Management’s Director of Orientation to ensure that a socially and environmentally responsible theme is woven into New Student Orientation. Recent years’ events have included a weekend retreat to Yosemite National Park where students stayed at the social venture Evergreen Lodge, a wine-tasting trip to an organic winery, a volunteer event at the local Boys & Girls club, a “trial” case study focusing on diversity in the workplace, and a discussion session on business ethics.
This year, we have many fun activities planned to engage incoming students with nature preservation efforts at Lake Tahoe and allow them to rest and relax while taking in nature’s beauty. Click here to learn more about the 2013 retreat.
Our Director of Curriculum Development works closely with the faculty in general, our faculty sponsor specifically, and the Associated Students of Management’s Director of Academic Affairs to embed social and environmental values into the curriculum. Initiatives take many forms and currently include integrating relevant topics and case studies into traditional courses, building new courses, and strengthening our impact on specialty programs such as the International Study Practicum and Consulting Center Projects. Complete courses that Net Impact has helped create include MGT 290: Sustainable and Responsible Business and MGT 291 Topics in Social Entrepreneurship, and Managing a Socially Responsible Investment Fund.
Net Impact Annual Conference
Each year, GSM students attend the Net Impact Annual Conference. Considered one of the premier events for students and professionals interested in socially and environmentally responsible business, the annual Net Impact North America Conference is designed to mobilize members through an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations, and special events. Participants gain a fresh perspective on the role of business in society and a new appreciation for their work as business leaders and their connection to a network of like-minded colleagues.
From October 24-26, the 2013 conference will be close by UC Davis and we are expecting a big turnout from our student body. Students will have the chance to speak with employers like 3M, Accenture, Citi, The Walt Disney Company and others making an impact. Workshops follow tracks like Finance and Investing, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, and Sustainable Food. Read more about this year’s conference here.
The 20th Annual Net Impact Conference was held in October 2012, in Baltimore. Nearly 3,000 changemakers shared ideas and tools, interacted with sustainability leaders, and built the collaborative relationships necessary to accelerate their impact.
Public Interest Internship Fund
The GSM prides itself on being a leader in social and environmental responsibility and fosters a highly cooperative student community. In this spirit, Davis Net Impact created the Public Interest Internship Fund to help provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to pursue internships with non-profit organizations or business with social or environmental missions. As many of these internships are unpaid, the internships fund helps eligible students cover basics and offset their cost of living. Every Spring Quarter, Davis Net Impact kicks off a pledge drive, during which students pledge one or more days’ salary to support their classmates in need. In 2012, the students contributed approximately $2,000, which was awarded to two students working on renewable energy and fair trade practices.
Board Fellows Program
The Net Impact Board Fellows Program matches UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA candidates (who are also members of Net Impact) with the boards of nonprofit organizations. The program benefits both parties: students gain exposure to nonprofit organizations and rewarding experience as non-voting board members, while participating nonprofits benefit from project or committee work, access to future business leaders with fresh perspectives, and affiliation with the Graduate School of Management.
Fellows work closely with trustees and executive directors, attending board meetings, serving on committees, and working on special projects. As a result, Fellows gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations, as well as the complexities of nonprofit management.
Interested in participating?
Could your board benefit from the addition of a member with business skills and expertise? If so, email us!
Think a local nonprofit could benefit from your expertise, energy or experience? Apply to be a Board Fellow!
For more information on the Board Fellows Program (or to apply) please email Nathan Chan at nhchan [at] ucdavis.edu